Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Repurposing Everyday Items for Sci Fi Terrain, Part 1

What's the deal? (pun intended) 

In my never ending search for cheaper, ahem... cost effective solutions to more terrain i've found that repurposing everyday items to be a creative and imaginative exercise.
The word repurposing is a much used new term that i've let creep into my vocab. But hey, it's apropos. My latest find for repurposing was visiting my favorite scav-alert store.

My frequent forays into this scav-alert treasure trove has
yielded me all kinds of cool stuff to be repurposed.

Should i rename myself "The Historical and Frugal Miniaturist"? i think not.  However i am highly cognizant of the fact that this hobby is an addiction. Meaning that one can sink one's load of cash into this.

I usually cruise the aisles and let my imagination run amok.  And since I was on a sci-fi frame of mind I noticed these cool shapes...


Found these babies and I know what you're thinking.
What the hell are you gonna use these for?

Hint: look at the profile of the shapes.

Anything come to mind?

Get the picture yet? 

Of course, these are a few steps early in the process but use your imagination...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

'roids: quick and easy!

Asteroids, Meteroids, 'roids, all the same. Bits of rock in space. Cool terrain to model for any space minis game. Two options: make it myself or buy. 


I'm sure most of you are familiar with this iconic Asteroids screen.

Beautifully rendered 'roids done in CG.

Ditto.


The first option was to make it myself and since i'm a DIY kinda gamer I was gonna do just that. Take a bunch of unused Styrofoam popcorn and modify, sculpt, chip, carve, cut, burn...

Yeah, right...

But what's better than making your own asteroids?  Buying readily made stuff from the crazy knuckleheads at www.spacejunkstore.com.

What's not to like about these 'roids?
Shown here with some EM4 Universal Spacecraft.
I was at the Houston Beer and Pretzles monthly event (http://beerandpretzel.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=164081400) when they were featuring Battlestar Gallactica night. Then with jaw dropping suddenness I spied a set of asteroids being used on the table. Man, I was hooked. So i ordered a whole bunch to use for some space gaming.





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